Madeleine is the environment reporter for the i paper, reporting on nature and climate issues for the paper and online. Prior to that, she spent four years at BusinessGreen, covering the growth of the green economy in the UK and beyond. Madeleine has spent three years as a trend forecaster for Stylus, specialising in consumer attitudes to sustainability.
Munish Datta is passionate about the crucial role every sector of society - government, business, civic - must play to create a truly sustainable world. As director of membership & operations at UK Green Building Council, he is responsible for leading the organisations membership strategy and enabling the delivery of its mission to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. As Senior Associate, faculty & tutor at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership he empowers senior business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Formerly, Munish led cross business teams to design and deliver Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its 1000+ buildings property portfolio. He is a start-up advisor, member of the UK Government BEIS ‘Green Construction Board’, Governor of the Stephen Perse family of schools & trustee of Rama Foundation, a charity building the capacities and skills of disadvantaged communities.
James leads the CBI’s Energy & Climate Change team, supporting policy development and campaigns, and speaking on behalf of the CBI and its members. His work included leading the CBI’s campaigning for a UK net-zero emissions target and developing the CBI’s The Low-Carbon 2020s – a Decade of Delivery report.
He joined the CBI in early 2019 from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders where he helped shape the political engagement on Brexit, the switch to low-emission vehicles and the future of diesel. Prior to this he worked in a variety of roles at EDF Energy covering public affairs, media relations and corporate communications. Central to this was political and media engagement surrounding the Final Investment Decision and Government approval for the Hinkley Point C new nuclear power plant in 2017. James also supported efforts to secure life extensions for existing UK nuclear power stations, access to Contracts for Difference auctions for remote island wind projects, and the future of carbon pricing. James has also worked with a range of businesses in several consultancy roles, including campaigns on carbon pricing and European energy policy. James also has a habit of climbing up mountains and regular visits to the European Alps provide a constant reminder of the rapid changes climate change is bringing to our natural environment.
Ed King is international lead, strategic communications at the European Climate Foundation. He was founding editor of Climate Home News, which he ran from 2011-2017. Before climate change intervened he was a journalist and producer at BBC Sport, living in blissful ignorance of climate change, covering rugby, football, horse racing along with the odd game of darts.
Chaitanya leads NEF’s work on the Green New Deal, just transition and other environmental programmes. He was previously Head of Climate and Energy Policy at Green Alliance in the UK and before that was based in New Delhi as South Asia campaigns leader for 350.org. He has an MSc in energy policy from the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University.
Nick Molho has been the Executive Director of the Aldersgate Group since 2014, an organization based in London and comprising around 60 member organizations from many economic sectors with a combined turnover of around £550 billion. He is responsible for the overall management of the Group, including the development of its work programme, its relationships with key political and business stakeholders and its robust representation of member views to government ministers and parliamentarians. He has played a key role in broadening the Group's impact and membership and bringing its influence to bear on areas that are core to the Group’s interest.
Before joining the Aldersgate Group, Nick was Head of Climate Change and Energy Policy at WWF-UK following a career as an environmental and energy lawyer at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he spent six years working on commercial energy law for a range of international businesses, regulators and governments.
Libby Peake is head of resource policy at Green Alliance, an independent charity and think tank focused on achieving ambitious leadership for the environment. She works closely with other NGOs, academics and businesses to promote better use of resources throughout the economy. This includes managing the Circular Economy Task Force, a forum for business thinking on resource efficient policies. Much of her current research is focused on driving the right innovations and infrastructure to encourage both reductions in energy use and improvements in resource use. Her recent reports include Less in, more out: using resource efficiency to cut carbon and benefit the environment, Building a circular economy: how a new approach to infrastructure can put an end to waste, Plastic promises: what the grocery sector is really doing about packaging and Balancing the energy equations: three steps to cutting UK demand. She is an expert and trusted commentator on topics including: plastic; ecodesign; chemicals regulation; resource efficiency; and recycling.